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  • Glyptothorax dorsalis
  • Glyptothorax dorsalis
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Scientific Name Glyptothorax dorsalis  Vinciguerra, 1890
Common Name
Type Locality Meetan, Upper Myanmar.
Synonym(s) Glyptothorax minutes
Pronunciation Gleep toe thor axe
Etymology The generic name comes from the Greek glyptos, meaning carved, and thorax, meaning breastplate (or the part of the body covered by it), in reference to the folds of skin comprising the thoracic adhesive apparatus. The specific epithet comes from the Latin dorsalis, meaning of the back, in reference to the distinct coloration of the nuchal plate.
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Size 120mm or 4.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Sisorid catfishes of the genus Glyptothorax Blyth are benthic inhabitants of torrential waters of rivers and streams in montane and submontane parts of tropical Asia. The members of the genus are adapted to attach themselves to rocks and boulders against strong currents by means of a thoracic adhesive apparatus comprising grooves and folded pleats of skin parallel or oblique to the longitudinal axis of the body. The genus has a wide distribution, ranging from Turkey and Syria in the west, to India and China in the east, and extending further southeastward to Indonesia. With 84 nominal species, Glyptothorax are the most speciose genus of catfishes in Asia (Eschmeyer et al., 1998, Ng, 2005); 67 species were treated as valid by Thomson & Page (2006).

Distinguished by its cream-colored nuchal plate (bone at the base of the dorsal spine).
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Distribution Asia: Manipur Valley, India and Myanmar. Salween basin.
Manipur (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2010.
pH 6.0 - 7.0
Temperature 16.0-24.0°C or 60.8-75.2°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Needs well oxygenated water.
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Feeding Will feed on live/frozen food, but does not appear to take prepared foods.
Furniture A sandy/gravel bottom and enough rocks/driftwood to partially deflect the current and for the fish to hide in.
Compatibility A peaceful species suitable for the hillstream biotope tank. Best kept in a well-oxygenated tank with strong current. Ideal tankmates include balitorine loaches such as Homaloptera, fast-swimming cyprinids such as Danio or Barilius, and smaller mastacembelids.
Breeding Not reported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Genova (Serie 2) v. 9, pp 246, Pl. 7 (fig. 4).
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Last Update 2020 Sep 19 01:58 (species record created: 2004 Feb 23 00:00)